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Royal Thai Police (Thailand)

Last modified: 2018-08-21 by Zachary Harden
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Police Flag

[Royal Thai Police Flag (Thailand)] 2:3
image by Santiago Dotor and Eugene Ipavec, based on a photograph by Ya'ara Gutterman

I recently came back from Thailand. The same badge and inscription in police [station] signs is used as the police flag.

Ya'ara Gutterman, 21 Sep 2001

The photograph is quite dark, so that it is not fully clear whether the police badge is red, dark red or purplish red.

Santiago Dotor, 28 May 2003

The inscription on Santiago's somewhat blurry original reads "ทพักลายตรวจแกาะพื่พื่", (with a diacritical mark missing from above the very first character). I've matched the individual letters one-for-one, but have no idea of the line's meaning. It does not appear to read "Royal Thai Police," as one might expect – or, at any rate, the inscription is not identical to the one on the header of the police website, translated as "Royal Thai Police" in English directly below.

Eugene Ipavec, 25 Sep 2005

Police Ensign

[Royal Thai Police Ensign (Thailand)] 2:3
image by Santiago Dotor and Eugene Ipavec, based on a photograph by Ya'ara Gutterman

I seem to remember that Police boats' ensigns are charged only with the emblem without the inscription.

Ya'ara Gutterman, 21 Sep 2001

Police Vessel Pennant

[Police Vessel Pennant (Thailand)]
image by Suttipong Phuensaen and Zachary Harden, 21 August 2018

As shown in Jane's Fighting Ships 2002-03, police vessels do not fly any of the police flags shown above. Instead they fly a dark red pennant with the national flag at hoist and the police badge at the centre. They also fly the national flag as their ensign.

Miles Li, 30 Jul 2004 and 27 July 2018

According to a translation I found of the 1979 Flag Law (original Thai text here), Section 41-6 gives the detail of the police pennant. The text reads as follows: "(6) Marine Police Officer Flag which is isosceles triangle shape where the base of the triangle being on the side of the flag pole is 1 part wide; The flag is 3 parts in length, the 1 part out of the 3 parts of the hoist part of the flag is of the same characteristics and colours as the National Flag; and the 2 parts out of the 3 parts of the fly part of the flag is in crimson; in the middle of the flag, there are charges of Phra Saengdarb Khane and shield in yellow."
Zachary Harden, 21 August 2018

Police Rank Flags

There are three ranks that qualifies for using a personal flag to denote their office; General, Lieutenant General and Major General. Similar to the flags of the military, the personal flag consists of their insignia on a maroon field (similar to the main police flag). However, there can be more than one pattern for the same rank and designs are not specified in law to my knowledge.
Zachary Harden, 13 November 2018

Police Aircraft Marking

Police air wings use the same marking as the Air Force with police emblem [above] on nose. See photo.

Dov Gutterman, 26 Jun 2003

National flag used by Police

An article in the Daily Mail shows the "monkey police" - a monkey trained to assist the police. He wears a police jacket emblazoned "Monkey Police" and on his shoulder sports a national flag with a yellow map of Thailand over it - see this image from
Nachum Lamm, 9 March 2013